Manisha Lath Gupta and her family wanted to live in an environment where they grow their produce, and living with nature meant living in a home built using natural materials.
Aanandaa house is built using sustainable materials like rammed earth, stone, lime, brick, and traditional roofing systems. These materials were sourced locally and they hired local crafts persons.
Some other features of the house include the underground cellar to store the produce, rainwater harvesting, waste water management and a biodigester.
The definition of sustainable goes beyond materials to include the social and ecological fabric that we inhabit. At Aanandaa, their approach has been to bring together an environmental sensitivity with a contemporary design sensibility and a socio-cultural imagination that fosters collaboration.